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 for tulip tree
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tulip \Tu"lip\ (t[=u]"l[i^]p), n. [F. tulipe, OF. also tulipan,
     It. tulipano, tulipa, from Turk. tulbend, dulbend, literally,
     a turban, Per. dulband; -- so called from the resemblance of
     the form of this flower to a turban. See Turban.] (Bot.)
     Any plant of the liliaceous genus Tulipa. Many varieties
     are cultivated for their beautiful, often variegated flowers.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Tulip tree.
     (a) A large American tree ({Liriodendron tulipifera) of the
         magnolia family ({Magnoliaceae) bearing tuliplike
         flowers. See Liriodendron.
     (b) A West Indian malvaceous tree ({Paritium tiliaceum syn.
         Hibiscus tiliaceum).
         [1913 Webster + PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tulip tree
      n 1: tall North American deciduous timber tree having large
           tulip-shaped greenish yellow flowers and conelike fruit;
           yields soft white woods used especially for cabinet work
           [syn: tulip tree, tulip poplar, yellow poplar,
           canary whitewood, Liriodendron tulipifera]

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